This is apoc­a­lypse: Ital­ian me­dia

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The Ital­ian press on yes­ter­day termed the na­tional team’s fail­ure to reach the World Cup for the first time in 60 years as a sport­ing catas­tro­phe.

“Italy, this is the apoc­a­lypse,” ran a head­line on the web­site of sports daily, Gazzetta dello Sport shortly af­ter Mon­day night’s 0-0 draw with Swe­den in the sec­ond leg of the play-off for a place at Rus­sia 2018.

“Wasted chances, a bit of bad luck but zero goals in 180 min­utes against the Swedes,” Gazzetta com­mented, mak­ing clear its view that Italy had not done enough to earn qual­i­fi­ca­tion. “It is an intolerable foot­ball shame, an in­deli­ble stain, said an­other ma­jor sports daily, Cor­riere dello Sport. An­other me­dia out­let, La Repub­blica sim­ply said: “Good­bye Rus­sia.”

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